Phil Matier

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Whether it’s politics, personalities or analysis Phil Matier is one of best informed insiders in the Bay Area.

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In addition to his work with KPIX 5, Matier and fellow journalist Andy Ross co-write a news column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Their column, Matier & Ross, runs Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, offering scoops and insights about one of the most fascinating and trend setting regions in the country. Matier can also be heard on KCBS Radio during morning and afternoon drive time.

“I’ve long said the Bay Area was put here to give the rest of the country something to talk about,” says Matier. “And we don’t let them down.”

As the KCBS & San Francisco Chronicle Insider
Breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Listen to KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier’s reports LIVE on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM Mondays through Fridays at 7:50am and 5:50pm or listen to the podcasts ANYTIME posted here daily.

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Academy of Art University campus in San Francisco. (CBS)

San Francisco’s Academy Of Art Accused Of Numerous Building Code Violations

The Academy of Art is one of San Francisco’s biggest employers and landowners. But a new city report says there’s a troubling pattern of building code violations.


BART Train on Elevated Track (Getty Images)

Concord BART Riders Say Trains Are Much More Crowded With New Schedule

BART thought it could put an end to jam packed rush hour trains by changing up its schedule. But some riders who use the Concord station say the changes are not an improvement.


SF Richmond District Police Station

SF Police Officers’ Union Targets ‘Anti-Law Enforcement Zealots’ In New Ad Campaign

In a new series of radio ads, the union representing San Francisco police officers has come out swinging against what they see as anti-police sentiment.


Super Bowl City. (CBS)

San Francisco Mayor Says Homeless Must Leave Streets For Super Bowl Festivities

In about six months, San Francisco is going to transform into the center of the football universe for Super Bowl 50. With part of Market Street being converted to Super Bowl City, the mayor said the homeless in the area must clear out.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is interviewed by KPIX 5 and KCBS Radio reporter Phil Matier, August 5, 2015. (CBS)

San Francisco Mayor Lee Responds To Corruption Allegations By ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow’s Lawyers

Mayor Ed Lee’s squeaky clean image is under fire. The mayor talked exclusively to KPIX 5 about allegations that he was the target of an undercover FBI sting.


Entrance to a BART station in downtown San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Could BART Finally Reopen Its Bathrooms At Underground Stations?

The bathroom at the 10 stations have been closed since the September 11 terrorist attacks.


Interstate 280 in San Francisco's Mission Bay would be razed in a new proposal being pushed by Mayor Ed Lee. (Google Maps)

Tearing Down I-280 Freeway In SF Could Be ‘Game Changer’ For Commuters, Real Estate

KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is shopping plans to tear down a portion of Interstate 280 near Mission Bay to make room for more development.


New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Joseph Freer demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Police, San Francisco Public Defender Warn Body Cameras May Come With Consequences

The Oakland Police Department has been wearing body cameras since 2010, but the head of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association warns of the push to incorporate the cameras nationwide.


Site of proposed subdivision in Pleasanton that could be delayed due to the California drought. (CBS)

Pleasanton Looks To Halt New Subdivision Over Drought

It was slated to be the biggest development in Pleasanton history, 1,300 new homes on the eastern stretch of town. But thanks to the drought, the city council has second thoughts.


(credit: © Keith Baker Photography/Panaromic Interests)

Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes City’s New Big Buildings Use Gray Water

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing legislation that would require large new buildings in the city to use gray water in toilets and for irrigation.